Mahara Gallery upgrade
The 12-month upgrade of the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae began in November 2021.
Council is investing $2.8 million to the project’s $6.5 million estimated cost, following the Mahara Gallery Trust’s success in securing government funding from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF), as well as other donations.
The project funding includes a $250,000 grant from the Waikanae Community Board.
Mahara Gallery has closed its doors for the redevelopment project. All going well, the new gallery will open in early 2023.
Pedestrian access and carparking
There'll be pedestrian access at the north end of Mahara Place at all times. Some accessible carparks will be moved.
The public toilets beside Mahara Gallery are closed due to the Gallery upgrade. We're building a replacement Exeloo beside Aputa House, in the park facing Marae Lane. This is due to open in January 2022. In the meantime, there are one accessible and two standard temporary portaloos beside a new path in the green space. These will be serviced regularly.
There'll be trenching work along the path from Marae Lane to Mahara Gallery during November, to connect the new Exeloo to the water main.
The Mahara Gallery is housed in a Council-owned building in Mahara Place, Waikanae. The Mahara Gallery Trust is seeking to provide a permanent home for the Field Collection in Waikanae. To achieve this, the Mahara Gallery needs additional space for exhibition, storage, workshops, and administration, and needs to upgrade those spaces to museum standard to house the collection and to be able to attract and show significant touring exhibitions and collections from other galleries.
The Council and the Mahara Gallery Trustees signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together, with Mahara Gallery becoming the District Gallery for Kāpiti.
The project will involve a rebuild of the current gallery building on its existing site in Mahara Place Waikanae.
As well as enabling the Gallery to accept the gift of the Field Collection, it will also double the number of exhibition galleries and almost treble the exhibition space.
The Gallery will be a permanent home for the Field Collection, which includes 24 paintings by Frances Hodgkins, and family documents. The collection is a significant asset for Waikanae and the whole Kāpiti district.
The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund grant decision is time-limited and subject to the Trust and Council meeting certain conditions. It has two parts:
- an initial grant of $1,733,000 (GST excl)
- a further contingency sum of up to $432,000 (GST excl).
The two grants amount to a combined potential grant of $2.165 million.
Aside from the Council contribution and the time-limited conditional grant offer from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund, the Mahara Gallery Trust Board has raised more than $1.5 million dollars, including a grant from the NZ Lottery Board’s Environment and Heritage Fund for $450,000.
The funding from local and central government ensures that we can retain the Field Collection in Kāpiti.
It is hoped that by the end of 2022, Kāpiti will have a district gallery that meets accepted museum and gallery standards and houses an art collection of national significance.
- Mahara Gallery construction contractor appointed and work to begin soon (6 Oct 2021)
- Confirmation of Council investment opens the way for Gallery upgrade (19 March 2021)
- Shovel-ready projects identified to help Kāpiti recovery (7 May 2020)
- Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights (15 Nov 2016)
- Council confirms its commitment to Mahara Gallery Upgrade (27 June 2016)
- Council considers recommendation to put the Mahara Gallery upgrade on hold (2012)
- Waikanae library and gallery options still open (2011)